As a start I wanted to let you in on a little bit about who I am and what motivates me - or more importantly what has turned me into not just a vegan but one who might lose her cool at times!!!
I come from a little nowhere type of town in Texas. Of course the name of the town really isn't Hicksville but it might as well be and of course my name isn't really Volatile Vegan but in a sense that is who I am. Vegan by choice and volatile by nature.
Becoming vegan in a town where conversation around the water cooler centers around who they (the hicks) killed and ate over the weekend wasn't easy and still isn't easy. My own family finds my choice to become a vegan strange and no amount of explaining my position or why becoming a vegan is better for the environment, the animals and also for health will dispel their disbelief in me. My mom and dad ignore it for the most part and when I even say the word "vegan" you would think I had just committed a cardinal sin against humanity. Most of the people close to me think I have joined a cult and sooner or later the brainwashing will wear off and I will be "normal" again.
Of course all of you other vegans out there know that in fact it is my family and friends (like all the other meat eaters of the world) who have been brainwashed almost from birth to believe that animals (other then pets) have been put here on Earth for humans to do with what they please. To eat, to wear, to experiment on, to hunt, and generally to abuse, neglect and slaughter by the millions for profit and gain.
I am not your average animal activist - I am an abolitionist. I however will not like some abolitionist say that animal welfare is a step in the wrong direction because while 99% of the world's population still is killing animals by the millions everyday to consume - I still believe that any step to help end the suffering IS a step forward and in the end can only help the cause. However if I could wake up tomorrow morning and have enough power to somehow end the suffering by forcing the world to become vegan - I would (of course) but.... in a world full of people who's only real concern is themselves I doubt that will ever happen but that doesn't mean I will stop fighting everyday for it to happen. Apathy is not a word I will ever apply to myself and neither is acceptance. I will never accept that the suffering of these innocents is just a part of life because it isn't - it is human greed and lust that forces the suffering to continue and nothing else.
I'm a firm believer that humans have a choice to make and the way I look at it is that we can either continue to go on with our heads in the sand and be the selfish, uncaring and emotionally void husks that most of us are OR we can evolve and become the compassionate and caring humane humans that we should be. Veganism is a commitment to nonviolence and as long as the suffering continues there can not be peace for anyone - human or non-human.
What choice will you make?? I've made mine and I live with the disapproval everyday and you know what --- I'm proud of my decision and I couldn't be happier with myself that I made it!!!!
Lastly I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
"Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is-whether its victim is human or animal-we cannot expect things to be much better in this world...We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature." Rachel Carson